Modern Rock #1 Hits of 1994

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another good point, some dude... for children of the mid and late '90s pop music was Hanson, Spice Girls, boy bands and that's about it.

skip, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Offspring "Self Esteem"

oh man, I love this song so much

― I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, May 21, 2012 10:33 AM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Haha, YES, I heard it when I was getting my hair cut a couple weeks ago and it was like instant nostalgia.

i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Monday, 21 May 2012 14:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

or children of the mid and late '90s pop music was Hanson, Spice Girls, boy bands and that's about it.

much better acts than the ones on '94's chart

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 14:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

There's a couple here that I really like: "Basket Case", "Come Out and Play", & "Einstein on the Beach". Voted for "Einstein on the Beach", which is my favorite Counting Crows song by a pretty good margin.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 21 May 2012 14:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Regulate" is still awesome though.

skip, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Basket Case is still the catchiest shit ever. In retrospect it's not hard to see how a band that could put tracks like that together would still be around, but who would have foreseen five more top 10 albums and two #1's in the 2000s...

At the time I thought Green Day was going to be another catchy pop-punk band that was going to flare up on the radar and then go away a la K's Choice. I do like them but in the back of my mind I still feel that way, so it's perpetually mind-boggling to me to see (for example) posters for the American Idiot touring show all over major marquees in town.

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 14:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I looked up my Top 10 for '94, and I don't think there's anything I don't still like a lot:

1. "Fantastic Voyage," Coolio
2. "Miss World," Hole
3. "Cut Your Hair," Pavement
4. "Gin and Juice," Snoop Doggy Dogg (later changed his name)
5. "At Your Best (You Are Love)," Aaliyah
6. "Self Esteem," Offspring
7. "Do You Wanna Get Funky," C&C Music Factory (nostalgia for 1991)
8. "Flashlight," Fuzzy
9. "Worker Man," Patra
10. "Pay No Mind," Beck

I was a little tired of "Loser" at that point, so--pursuant to something that came up on the Beastie Boys countdown--sometimes I do fall in love with songs all over again.

clemenza, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

damn great list, you were cool in 94

some dude, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

The Billboard to which I linked has the following horrors on the top ten:

Big Mountain - Baby I Love Your Way (from "Reality Bites")
Jon Secada - If You Go
Elton John - Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
All 4 One - I Swear

mixed with:

Beck - Loser
Aaliyah - Back and Forth
Janet - Any Time, Any Place
Warren G- Regulate
John Mellencamp-Me'shell Mdegeocello - Wild Night

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 14:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

good list, clemenza. I often wonder whether that's my favorite Aaliyah song too.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 14:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

(xpost) Thanks (he says as he ponders the deeper implications of that statement...)

clemenza, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

P&J top 5 of that year:
1. Hole: Live Through This (DGC) 1552 (121)
2. Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador) 859 (77)
3. R.E.M.: Monster (Warner Bros.) 634 (66)
4. Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC) 552 (50)
5. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Sleeps With Angels (Reprise) 520 (49)

one album by Cobain, one by his widow, and two albums with songs inspired by his suicide

some dude, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

and at least one more, Vitalogy, down at #25

some dude, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^ maybe the only recent P&J top five whose albums I still love

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 14:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Was Cannonball 93?

Mark Ruffalo! is gonna tell us! about empathy! (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 21 May 2012 14:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

yep

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

those Last Splash singles got plenty of blanket airplay on college radio through '94 though

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Other notable '94 alt songs:

Archers of Loaf - "Web In Front"
Frank Black - "Headache"
Blur - "Girls & Boys"
Jeff Buckley's Grace singles
Candlebox - "Far Behind" and "You"
Collective Soul - "Shine"
all those other Counting Crows songs
Deadeye Dick - "New Age Girl"
Flaming Lips - "She Don't Use Jelly"
Frente! - "Labour Of Love" and "Bizarre Love Triangle"
Grant Lee Buffalo - "Lone Star Song" and "Mockingbirds"
a bunch more Green Day stuff
Jesus & Mary Chain - "Sometimes Always"
L7 - "Andres"
a billion other Live songs
Love Spit Love - "Am I Wrong?"
Lucas - "Lucas With The Lid Off"
Luscious Jackson - "Citysong" and "Here"
Mazzy Star - "Fade Into You"
Morphine - "Thursday"
Murmurs - "You Suck"
all kinds of NIN stuff from The Downward Spiral
Oasis - "Supersonic" and "Live Forever"
more Offspring songs
more Pearl Jam songs
Liz Phair - "Supernova"
Possum Dixon - "Watch That Girl Destroy Me"
more REM stuff from Monster
Rollins Band - "Disconnect" and "Liar"
Sebadoh's Bakesale (to the extent that those songs got MTV/radio play)
Shudder To Think - "X-French Tee Shirt"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Landslide"
Sonic Youth - "Bull In The Heather"
the singles attendant to Soundgarden's Superunknown
Sugar - "Your Favorite Thing" and "Believe What You're Saying"
Toad The Wet Sprocket - "Something's Always Wrong"
Tori Amos - "Cornflake Girl"
Urge Overkill - "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon"
US3 - "Cantaloop"
Veruca Salt - "Seether"
Ween's Chocolate and Cheese "singles"
Whale - "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe"

Quiet Desperation, LLC (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Soundgarden, NIN, Sugar, "Seether," "Landslide," "Cantaloop," and those Frente! singles def part of the fabric of my '94.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

fuck you alfred, "i swear" is a classic

The Reverend, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

a classic example of a terrible song

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

i can't hate on the soundtrack to me getting run over by people 5 times my size at the skate deck

The Reverend, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

ugh i swear

was boyz ii men/mariah 94 too? that song was a fucking plague.

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

who skateboards to all 4 one??

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

They skated by the light of the moon, the stars, and the sun.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I am dying over here

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

rollerskates not skateboards!

The Reverend, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

All the cool kids had roller BLADES

skip, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah but i was not one of the cool kids

The Reverend, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

cos you listened to all 4 one

Heaven knows I'm thirsty and miserable now (NickB), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

ollie kickflip to the tune of "I'll Make Love To You"

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Boys II Men ballads remain my biggest hurdle.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

ahh Toad the Wet Sprocket, with one of the last of the jangle-pop #1's.

― Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, May 21, 2012 9:40 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the really remarkable thing to me about them is that in 1995 they scored a moderate radio hit off of a gold-selling rarities collection. Dulcinea is a decent album btw.

some dude, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

alternate universe where jodeci and jon secada are thrasher covet stars

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

"End of the Road" was a great song but it really ruined them

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

I started to loathe them whenever they would win their 32456th award at the Grammys and would thank God so unctuously that I wished God had aimed a skateboard at their heads.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

did they release anything uptempo as a single after "Motownphilly"?

some dude, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Vibin'", sort of?

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

also, "I Remember" sort of?

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

also "Can't Let Her Go"

the big problem was that in the wake of "End of the Road", no one gave a shit about their uptempo numbers, which encouraged them to sink deeper and deeper into the morass of treacly bullshit that led to "A Song For Mama"

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

abc > b2m

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

bbd > everything

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

all your alt-rock threads are belong to Michael Bivins

some dude, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I lost interest in Boys II Men so quickly after they morphed into the Mawkish Slow Jam All-Star Revue.

Quiet Desperation, LLC (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

ABC >>> ABC

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

1995 through early '97 were my period of exile from the pop charts. I started paying attention again when boy bands and Hanson ruled.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

I did not realize BIIM had a 2000 album called Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya

also didn't realize one of the dudes in BIIM was named Wanya

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

i knew that but it took me like 15 years to realize his name wasn't 'wayna'

some dude, Monday, 21 May 2012 16:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

wanya was the tenor with the really BIG voice iirc

some dude, Monday, 21 May 2012 16:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

i drive past wayna's house sometimes

it's big

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:06 (1 year ago) Permalink


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